State supreme court upholds Anthony Campbell murder conviction

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota State Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a Philadelphia man who investigators say stabbed another man to death in a north Minot apartment garage in Sept. 2014.

A jury convicted 40-year-old Anthony Campbell last January in the murder of Minot man Shannon Brunelle. Campbell fled the state shortly after Brunelle’s death, but U.S. Marshals tracked him down in Philadelphia three months later.

Campbell had appealed his conviction, arguing the judge should have allowed a private investigator to testify at trial. Campbell claimed that the PI knew of more than one assailant present at the time of the incident.

He also claimed the courts prejudiced him against the jury by allowing the prosecution to present evidence of prior bad acts.

The State Supreme Court, however, ruled that the lower court did not abuse its discretion in its rulings and rejected Campbell’s appeal.

Campbell is currently serving a 30-year sentence.